Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Don't Touch My Junk!

 
 Catholic nun subjected to pat-down by a Muslim TSA employee 
at the Detroit Metro Concourse A. Image by Dean Shaddock

"It is the people who hate their job that tend to be a bit too surely and treat passengers like criminals." - Greta Van Susteren who would rather be a subject to a pat-down than a scanner out of fear that her nude images would end up on the Internet

Would you rather pose for a nude photograph or be groped by a federal employee? 

Passengers are mad as hell as they have to put up with constantly increasing security measures at the airports all over the country and abroad. First it was taking shoes off and belts at the security line. Next came the removal of liquids from bags, followed by the removal of laptops for scanning. Now, with the full body imaging and aggressive pat-downs, many passengers have reached a point where enough is enough. 

The new airport security measures not only strip people of their dignity, they violate the civil rights. This is an outrage in a free society. It is even a bigger outrage when you consider that neither the scanners nor the TSA employees are able to detect plastic explosives hidden in diverse body cavities. Does this mean that soon we will become subjects to the anal probe before we board the planes? Things could not become more ridiculous than that. And while the authorities, including the President himself, believe that this is the best way to prevent future bombings, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton stated that she would avoid the invasive pat-downs if she could.

The scanning devices also raise important questions about radiation, but this aspect of screening is quickly dismissed by the authorities as least objectionable. The emission is considered to be minimal and harmless. Radiologists, however, see the things differently and warn about the potential dangers of the new scanning technology. The ionizing radiation has the potential to damage human DNA and increase the risk of cancer in children and other vulnerable populations. The safety of these scanners have never been demonstrated, especially not by any independent panel of qualified doctors and scientists.

The terror threat exists and is more serious than ever, but the detection methods employed by the authorities are not very effective. The technology should be there, but it should be employed as a secondary measure. What is important, but completely neglected by the authorities, is the behavioral training of the TSA employees. Unfortunately the agency employs people who underwent a rudimentary training and who receive minimum wages, but who are given maximum power to harass passengers at will. A breast cancer victim is asked to remove her breast prostheses so that the TSA bully can see it. Another bully humiliates a man wearing ileostomy bag (a plastic or latex bag attached to the body for collection of urine or fecal material after ileostomy or cystoplasty)...

Interestingly, Muslim groups in America object the screening and demand exemptions because they consider the new security measures to be offensive to their understanding of modesty. This is quite outrageous when you consider that it is not the Norwegian women who exploded themselves in Jerusalem, but the pious and modest Muslim women full of hatred and contempt for human life. It was also a Palestinian woman who shot and killed a German Lufthansa Airlines pilot J├╝rgen Schumann in 1977 in Mogadishu.

When other religious groups follow the suit and start to demand exemptions, the only people left for scrutiny will be the atheists. Justly so, as it is a well known fact that the angry atheists are responsible for most terror attacks all over the world!

We need to be sure that airlines are safe, but we must use common sense. In the politically correct America profiling is not an option. Besides, what would stop a terrorist from stuffing a baby with plastic explosives? Drug smugglers do. There are so many scenarios that the authorities are left with very few options. But why no one is consulting the Israelis who have probably the best airport security in the world? 

Israelis do not believe that the full body scanners really work and this is why they do not use them. Instead, they use a highly trained security personnel who engages passengers in a conversation before they even check in their luggage. The questions are simple, but a questionnaire is devised in such a way that it reveals insecurity, elevated stress levels and lies permitting the security agents to fish out the dubious characters for a more thorough screening. 

Technology alone will not solve the problem. It may function as an alibi to make people feel safe, but it does not address the ingenuity of the terrorists. Instead, it humiliates and angers innocent people who have little choice, but to subject themselves to this abuse of their dignity or, as the Secretary of National Security Janet Napolitano suggested, take a bus if they don't like it. 

By Dominique Allmon

Remember, Wednesday is a National Opt-Out Day! Consider this if you have to travel by air. The security check at the airports will take longer than usual as many people will choose the pat-down instead of the full body scan. But be warned! If you decide that you do not want to be checked in either way, you will be detained and fined $11,000! You cannot simply change your mind at the airport and go home.

P.S.

From the article published on Natural News:

The news about the potential health dangers of the TSA's naked body scanners just keeps getting worse. An increasing number of doctors and scientists are going public with their warnings about the health implications of subjecting yourself to naked body scanners. These include Dr Russell Blaylock as well as several professors from the University of California who are experts in X-ray imaging.

At the same time, some internet bloggers are insisting that the TSA's naked body scanners pose no health risks because air travelers are subjected to higher levels of radiation by simply enduring high-altitude flights where cosmic radiation isn't filtered out by the full thickness of the Earth's atmosphere. This comparison, however, is inaccurate: The TSA's body scanners focus radiation on the skin and organs near the skin whereas cosmic radiation during high-altitude flights is distributed across the entire mass of your body.

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